Have a rock house built in the 40s in SW Missouri. Gutters/downspouts run into the house walls. Assume they go into a cistern somewhere. How do I find the cistern? Also have no idea where the water comes out. Do have one strange faucet in the middle of one basement wall. Could I put bleach in downspout & run water from that spout? Water should smell of bleach if from the cistern — right? Also have outdoor faucets on house. Maybe cistern supplies them? FYI house has a well that supplies water for house. Any ideas or thoughts are needed.
Instead of bleach, you could use yellow food dye. The bleach could easily be consumed by bacteria andor the amount of bleach could be too small if the cistern is real large. Check with local neighbors or the board of health for any records. If you use the food dye, the water will be bight yellow. You can then add bleach afterwards, and it will neutralize the dye.
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